A few years ago it was almost unheard of to know someone who owns an e-bike. Since then they’ve grown in popularity and it’s not uncommon to see a few riders sporting e-bikes on the pathways across North America. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should get an e-bike today.
They Help you Explore Your City
With a city that spans as wide as Ottawa does and offers views and scenic areas like the Parliament Buildings, Dow’s Lake, the locks by the Chateau Laurier, and so much more, it can sometimes be hard to travel around to take them all in.
An e-bike can help you avoid traffic and the pains of trying to find parking, all while allowing you to take in the sunshine and get up close and personal with the nature surrounding the expansive bike paths neighbouring the rivers that take you almost anywhere you need to go in Ottawa.
Go Further and Longer
Not to mention get there faster. E-bikes are great for those of us that don’t necessarily want to exert ourselves while taking in the sights. That being said, electric bicycles offer many of the same exercise benefits that regular cycling does. And, if you want to, you can still give it your all, you’ll just be going faster and further than those on ordinary bicycles.
Great for Hills
If you’ve talked to other cyclists in Ottawa, you’ve probably been asked if you’ve been out to Gatineau Park yet. Although most will agree it’s completely worth the effort to get up the hills, it can be a little daunting to us regular folk who aren’t used to the effort necessary to pedal up an incline.
The variety of power modes available to assist your pedalling on an e-bike make facing those climbs a lot easier–not to mention, you still get to take full advantage of the downhills.
Great for Crosswinds and Headwinds
That small motor backing you up will make a huge difference when nature decides to work against you, not for you. A headwind can really put a damper on your ride—unless you’re riding an e-bike that allows you to change a few settings and keep riding as if the wind is at your back.
They’re Fun to Ride
Sure regular bikes are fun to ride as well, but e-bikes give you that extra push, that extra boost while you’re riding which can make it much more enjoyable. Let’s face it, e-bikes will keep you from having to put in that extra effort, which will allow you to be more relaxed and take in your surroundings.
Would you rather be the guy suffering on the bike path or the guy with a smile on their face cruising by?